The Mirror Stage Premiere at Transit Festival

The singers from Hyoid Contemporary Voices are gearing up for another premiere this saturday october 24 at Transit Festival, Leuven! Together with guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe and the sound engineers from IRCAM they will create at new evening long work by Austrian composer Bernhard Lang, featuring four voices, electric guitar and ambisonics: GAME 245: The Mirror Stage. From The Transit concert announcement:

The dynamic vocal ensemble HYOID will introduce the first Transit evening with a premiere by Bernhard Lang, this year’s featured composer. Anyone who witnessed HYOID working with Jennifer Walshe in 2017 is certainly already ordering tickets by now. You can expect to find the singers and electric guitar in a circle surrounded by the audience, who in turn are surrounded by loudspeakers and the IRCAM electronics wizards’ Ambisonics technology. Rarely will Bernhard Lang’s intense motifs have sounded so intimate and overwhelming. And intimate means limited seating, so that’s why they’ll perform it twice in one evening!

singers: Fabienne Seveillac, Els Mondelaers,
Andreas Halling, Tiemo Wang
electric guitar: Kobe Van Cauwenberghe
electronics/ambisonics: IRCAM/ Robin Meier
sound: IRCAM/Sylvain Cadars
lights & scenography: Lucas Van Haesbroeck

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newpolyphonies HYOID & Myriam Van Imschoot

Coming Saturday, October 17, HYOID Contemporary Voices & Myriam Van Imschoot will present the premiere of newpolyphonies at Muziekcentrum de Bijloke in Ghent. For info and tickets click here.

newpolyphonies is a celebration of little differences with big impacts. Myriam Van Imschoot was inspired by insects, climate marches and the recent protests against budget cuts in the arts and civil society. Her leitmotif is not the chants of the crowd, but the experience that every individual – as a component of an engine – can set a vortex of sounds in motion.

Polyphony is the art of interweaving individual voices into a powerful harmonious whole. With origins in the Middle Ages, it was probably the most impactful intervention in the history of Western-European music. In newpolyphonies, polyphony is both the trigger and the question. What might this musical heritage mean today? A group of Brussels-based singers takes to the stage with the vocal ensemble HYOID. United, they move through mass singing, often on the edge of audibility.

concept and direction Myriam Van Imschoot | co-creation and performance HYOID | voices Fabienne Seveillac, Andreas Halling, Els Mondelaers, Gunther Vandeven | performance 15 local performers | sound design and electronic concept Fabrice Moinet | sound engineerWannes Gonnissen | electronics assistant Matthieu Virot | light design Lucas Van Haesbroeck | advice lay-out and costume design Nadine Van Imschoot, Filip Eyckmans | producer Hiros | delegated producer La Muse en Circuit | co-production Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Kunstenwerkplaats, Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk) | in collaboration with Walpurgis | supported by the Flemish Government, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie | internship Sophia Bauer |

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Blink of an Ear #7 The Third Guy & Quentin Meurisse

This week, from 07/09 to 11/09 The Third Guy with percussionist Ruben Orio and guitarist Primoz Sukic are taking over Werkplaats Walter to continue their work on improvisational strategies. Their “third guy” for this week is pianist and electronica wizard Quentin Meurisse. They will explore different ways of engaging in collective improvisation, using amplification and electronics as a binding principle that pushes piano, synths, guitar and percussion into a maelstrom of morphed sounds. They will record several sessions, which will serve as the basis for a set of new compositions or as a an album in itself.

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Blink of an Ear #6 HYOID & Benjamin Vandewalle

The singers of HYOID are currently in residency at Werkplaats Walter in Brussels as part of our Blink of an Ear artist residency. They are in the early stages of developing a new project with choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle and finish composer Maija Hynninen.  Centered around the text “Espèces d’espaces” by the French writer Georges Perec, the idea is to work towards an immersive music-theatrical work under the title Journal d’un usager de l’espace. 

About this project:

Journal d’un usager de l’espace was born out of Benjamin Vandewalle’s and HYOID voices’ shared desire to create an immersive 3-dimensional sound experience, one that for a moment can challenge the audience’s perception of space, sound and vision. Together with composer Maija Hynninen and electronic sound masters of Centre Henri Pousseur, they bring forth a performance that constantly shifts the spectator’s perception between direct and diffused, between intimate and distant, acoustic and amplified.

The music, for two singers and electronics, is set to excerpts from Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces, a text exposing everyday places in an unassuming, simple manner, while remaining both intimate and spiritual. Perec’s exploration of estrangement links to the sparse, yet intricate instrumentation, and provides a fitting canvas for a choreography in which the audience forms the scenography, through which both sound and performers travel.

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